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Catherine

Lenox, MA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Sense of an Ending: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (762)
    Performance
    (643)
    Story
    (647)

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumor, and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

    Chris Reich says: "Stunning. I'm Guilty. Are You?"
    "Enigmatic story, supurb reader, great ending"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Sense of an Ending to be better than the print version?

    The reader really helps this story. He conveys both the youth and maturity needed for the central characters and the rest of the characters are nicely differentiated and balanced.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sense of an Ending?

    It's a wonderful ending, and it will string you along the whole way. Once you have finished the book, I highly recommend listing to the first 20 minutes again so the jigsaw you are presented in the beginning can all fall into place. It's an elaborate metaphor for memory, and it works.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There is a letter read many years later from the central character. This letter shapes the rest of the book. It's a shock and quite incredible.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    From the book: "It is a statement with an eye to the future that is often the most suspect." "History is the lives of the victors, and the self-delusions of the defeated." or "History is that certainty when the imperfections of memory meet the inadequacies of documentation."


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4125)
    Performance
    (3601)
    Story
    (3650)

    Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.

    Robert says: "All the reviews had me worried for nothing!"
    "A great way to spend a winter evening"
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    Would you listen to Inheritance again? Why?

    I'm very sorry this book is over. The Inheritance Series took up most of my evenings after work for the winter of 2011/12 and it was well worth it. Christopher Paolini is a great young writer and I'm sure will go on to even greater works. But it's Gerard Doyle's reading that makes the book sing.


    What other book might you compare Inheritance to and why?

    The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter. Great for kids...great if you wish you still were.


    Which character – as performed by Gerard Doyle – was your favorite?

    All of the Dragons. There were a lot of them, and it's amazing Doyle had a different voice for each. Okay, some sounded like Cookie Monster, but how did he do long speeches in Dragon without losing his voice?


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have if I could have.


    Any additional comments?

    Get ready for some squeaky voices form Paolini and his editor at the end of the book. Great commentary and insight, but after listening to the melodic Doyle it's going to be very hard to listen to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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